Religion: The Thereness of It All

"Life is a cruel joke, and sooner or later I'm the punch line. Life is just the way it is — the thereness of it. The gift of arthritis. The gift of heart attack. The gift of the isness of life." The speaker was a lecturer at the Christian Faith and Life Community, a training center for undergraduate students of the University of Texas at Austin. His woebegone view of things, he warned, should not lead to despair but to Christian salvation. The man willing to accept "what is ugly and cruel and guilty as well as the contrary" is receiving...

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